Hardik Pandya is one of the mist rising stars of Indian cricket. In the last couple of years, he has made huge strides forward in Indian cricket and established himself as an important member of the team.
Over the years, Indian cricket fans have desperately waited to see a proper all-rounder who can bowl fast and smash big sixes. Pandya is, arguably, the most promising all-rounder India have produced. He is a big hitter of the cricket ball and can bowl at any stage of the innings.
In the first innings of the ongoing Test match between South Africa and India, Hardik Pandya, once again, proved that he is more than just a ‘lower-order’ dasher. Pandya came in to bat when India were in a spot of bother after losing 5 early wickets.
The pitch at Cape Town had a lot of juice in it and South Africa’s fast bowling unit- Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, troubled the India’s batting order with their seam movement, pace and accuracy.
But, Pandya being Pandya, was least bothered what had happened before his arrival in the middle, and batted in his trademark style. He played his natural game and scored boundaries wherever and whenever he could.
It was a very good counter-attacking innings of 93 which helped India find some kind of momentum in their first innings of the tour.
Very few fans know how Hardik Pandya struggled his way to the top grade of Indian cricketers. He revealed it in an interview:
“I have struggled for three years. We used to save Rs 5 and Rs 10. I still remember in IPL, we got around Rs 70,000 and we thought we would survive on it for some time. Because we were struggling for almost three years then.
“We had not paid EMI for two years. We were smart, we used to hide our car. We didn’t want the car to go. Everything we earned in those three years was supposed to be saved for the car rather than having something new for us or buying something. It was just car’s EMI and food that mattered to us at that time,” he said.
Hardik also revealed that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are his idols.
“The way they (Dhoni and Kohli) are, I want to be like them. I want to be disciplined like them. I try to notice why they are like this.” He added that both the cricketers are mentally strong because of which they are what they are.